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My Fair Lady (1964)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Family, Musical  |  25 December 1964 (USA)
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A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

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Gloriously witty adaptation of the Broadway musical about Professor Henry Higgins, who takes a bet from Colonel Pickering that he can transform unrefined, dirty Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a lady, and fool everyone into thinking she really is one, too! He does, and thus young aristocrat Freddy Eynsford-Hill falls madly in love with her. But when Higgins takes all the credit and forgets to acknowledge her efforts, Eliza angrily leaves him for Freddy, and suddenly Higgins realizes he's grown accustomed to her face and can't really live without it. Written by Tommy Peter

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$72,000,000 (USA)
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The controversy over Audrey Hepburn being cast as Eliza Doolittle over Julie Andrews, who originated the role on Broadway, went as far as journalists claiming there was a feud between the two actresses. This of course was untrue, as Hepburn and Andrews were friends in real-life and had great respect for one-another. The feud was debunked at The 37th Annual Academy Awards (1965) where Andrews recalled Hepburn telling her, "Julie, you should have done it, but I didn't have the guts to turn it down." See more »

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In almost the final scene, when Higgins goes to open the door with the key, he inserts the key, but doesn't turn it before opening the door. See more »

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[first lines]
[sounds from crowd, occasionally a word or phrase, indistinct and mostly not associated with a character]
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill: Don't just stand there, Freddy, go and find a cab.
Freddy Eynsford-Hill: All right, I'll get it, I'll get it.
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Crazy Credits

In the posters, playbills and the original cast album for the stage version of "My Fair Lady", the credits always read "based on Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' ", letting the audience know what play "My Fair Lady" was actually adapted from. The movie credits simply read "from a play by Bernard Shaw". See more »

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I Could Have Danced All Night
(1956) (uncredited)
Music by Frederick Loewe
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music played during the opening credits
Performed by Audrey Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn (dubbed by Marni Nixon), Mona Washbourne, and chambermaids
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My Fair and My Favorite:
30 January 2007 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

I think of this musical as revolutionary, startling, glaring, and visually out of this world. One of its scenes brings me to the state that I can only describe as "esthetical orgasm" if I ever had one. It is gorgeous, intelligent, and one of the most beloved and brilliant romantic comedies. It's got music that makes you want to dance all night, and it's got an actress who possessed class, style and the kind of beauty and charm that would never be reincarnated after she was gone. "My Fair Lady" (1964) directed by George Cukor is a great musical but is perfect no matter what genre you are looking at - Comedy / Family / Musical / Romance / Drama - it's got something for everyone - for all ages, for all eras, for all countries, for all continents. I have a friend. We almost never agree upon any movie - anything I like he would usually stamp as "rubbish". There is not too much to reply to this argument but when we both watch the "Opening Ascot races" scene in "My Fair Lady" with its harmony in white-black-gray (and who knew that color gray has so many shades and nuances), and then the harmony gets slightly distorted by Henry Higgins's brown suit and then as apotheosis, Eliza appears in an incredible black/white dress with a tiny red bow which completes this harmony, this feast of colors (and there are only five of them but you would think there are myriads) and that little bow is a last stroke, the stroke of a visual genius and that is magic...Every time during this scene I see the tears on my cynic-friend's eyes and I know that we both witnessed incredible moment created by the power of the human imagination.


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